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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Butterflies and Moths…

One big difference between subbing middle school and elementary is that every now and then I get to learn something new.

Subbing in middle school science class,  they were watching a video about the differences between butterflies and moths.
  • In certain cultures, butterflies in the house are a sign of bad luck.
  • In medieval times butterflies were sometimes consumed by pregnant women to insure a healthy baby.
  • There is variety of moth called the “Vampire Moth” that pierces the eyes of farm animals to drink blood.

But the biggest reaction from students was when a man picked a caterpillar off a plant branch and ate it…raw.

3 comments:

Liz said...

Ah yes, the stuff that fascinates middle schoolers. It never ceases to surprise me what gets the biggest reaction in any video. It's never what I'd expect.

Anonymous said...

How often do you since your a sub, show movies to the class? I always remember when I was in school that if we had a sub most of the times we show a film or never did anything extremely important. So how often do you just have the kids do busy work and do you get sick of seeing so many videos?

KauaiMark said...

"...often do you show movies"

It's rare at the elementary level. This was only the second time this year the "lesson" was to watch a video in the middle school classroom.

So the answer to your question is: not often. Since the teacher doesn't know the capabilities of the sub for that day, they'll leave a lesson that almost anyone can handle.

The only exception is Math classes. I had to remember how to divide polynomials in algebra class a couple weeks ago.